Bristol law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards has taken over niche London property practice George Carter in a move that further strengthens its City office.
George Carter specialises in commercial and residential property. Its three partners, two lawyers and four support staff will now be based in VWV’s London office in Fetter Lane.
According to The Lawyer, George Carter had estimated revenues of £1m in 2012/13 against VWV’s £22.4m during its last financial year.
VWV managing partner Simon Heald said: “The development of our London office is a focal area. George Carter joining us with their client portfolio specialising in commercial and residential property, supports and complements this focus and our growth plans.”
Martin Standen, from George Carter, added: “We have many longstanding clients and it is important to us and our clients that we not only retain these relationships but bring to them a wider range of specialist legal services. VWV will create this opportunity for us and our clients.”
VWV, which has particular strengths in education, charities, family-owned businesses and private client work, called off merger plans with Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Northampton firm Hewitsons in January after talks lasting six months. The combined firm would have had a combined turnover of £34m and 480 partners and staff across its five offices.
Pictured below: Managing partner of VWV's London office David Emanuel, third from left, with Ping Leung, Martin Standen and Philip Vickers of George Carter